Voting underway for parliamentary elections in Kandahar province

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On October 21, when elections were held in polling stations that could not open on the main polling day, 11 people died in an explosion.

According to reports, 109 candidates are running for the parliamentary elections from Kandahar province, including 96 men and 13 women.

Kandahar Governor Zalmay Wesa was seriously hurt in the October 18 attack that killed provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and also targeted the commander of United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, who escaped unhurt.

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"We were anxious about attacks but our security arrangement worked to prevent disruption of the vote", Zia Durani, a spokesman for Kandahar police. Yet millions of Afghans have defied Taliban threats and waited, often for hours, to cast their votes.

Washington's top commander in Afghanistan General Scott Miller had earlier escaped unhurt in an attacked by the Taliban. The delay came in the wake of the assassination of Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq.

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The Taliban-claimed blast happened as the bus entered a police compound in the Wardak provincial capital of Maidan Shar, provincial police spokesman Hekmatullah Durrani told AFP.

On election day, the Taliban had carried out around 200 attacks, which left at least 36 dead and 126 wounded.

That compares with almost nine million on the voter roll, but many suspect a significant number of those were based on fake identification documents that fraudsters planned to use to stuff ballot boxes.

The parliamentary election, which was more than three years late and the third since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, is seen as a dry run for next year's presidential vote.

These legislative elections are the first in Afghanistan to make use of biometric devices at voting centers.

With vote counting under way, the IEC is scheduled to release preliminary results on November 10.